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Case Number ON/480/13
Name Connor Nolan
Club Bradford
Shirt Number 8
Match Wigan v Bradford
Competition Academy U19
Date 06/07/13
Incident considered Punching on conclusion of the game.
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Strikes – Punching – Violent and Repeated Grade E
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 4-8
Date of Disciplinary Committee 16/07/13
Evidence provided DVD Officials Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty plea
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 11 July 2013, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of Law 15.1(a) during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred at the conclusion of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion you came from the substitutes bench, and became unnecessarily involved in a melee throwing punches in a violent manner. The Panel believed that this behaviour was serious misconduct; against the spirit of the game; that your punches had potential to cause injury; and that your conduct contributed to a prolonged melee occurring In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade E offence (Strikes – Punching - Sustained). If found to have committed the offence, again in accordance with the On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the normal suspension range for such offence is from a 4 to an 8 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you are ineligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to the seriousness of the charge.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player accompanied by Stuart Duffy, Football Manager. Player pleads guilty to punching and his involvement in this melee. Refutes the claim that he deliberately came off the bench to become involved in this brawl involving players from both sides. Pointed out that the Official had blown the final whistle and the player went onton the field to shake hands with the opponents. Player concedes got involved in something he should not have done.
Decision
Reasons for Decision
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction Grading was considered due to the player being a substitute at his time of the entry onto the field
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Player pleads guilty-has previous good record-shows remorse for his actions
Aggravating Factors Actions escalated an ugly incident
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The Tribunal are satisfied the grading in this instance is not an issue. This player clearly travelled a significant distance onto the field at speed. He lashed out at opponents and cannot be seen to make any attempt to shake hands with opponents. He becomes involved in three separate confrontations and then is seen to go back into the melee again. It is fair to say towards the end of the brawl he can be seen to be acting as a peacemaker amongst his own team mates. The fact whether he is entitled to be on the pitch at that point is academic as he does not come on during play the final whistle having been blown. Taking into account the players plea of guilt and his previous good record the tribunal are prepared to impose a sanction at the bottom end of the grading. The tribunal feel that a 4 match suspension and £25 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 4 matches
Fine £25
Warning